I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 2 years ago. It's always been a personal feature, but now I'm going to try turning it into a meme. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme would be a good way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.
The linky will be below my review.
Skip Beat! vol. 11 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!
Ren is having difficulty acting the part of a love-struck suitor since he's never really been in love before. But as Ren sees his friend Kyoko getting close with his manager, he realizes he knows more about love than he thought. (courtesy of the back cover and Goodreads)
*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.
Kyoko to the rescue yet again! It's Ren's turn to struggle in acting. We discovered briefly in Volume 9 that Ren has never fallen for a girl. Therefore, he's unable to emotionally connect to the role of a starcrossed lover, a guy who shouldn't fall for a girl but can't help himself. Ren is paralyzed and walks off the set in defeat.
This theme does make me role my eyes a bit. It's such an overplayed role - unbelievably handsome, perfect guy has never fallen for anyone until he meets this plain, normal girl. Granted, Skip Beat is not realistic in any sense, but it still bugs me. Then again, I drool over Ren (especially when we get to see him shirtless in this volume!) and fall for the stereotype every time.
Back to the story. Kyoko is beside herself that Ren is having difficulties. It's hilarious how protective she is over him. She practically skewers Ren's manager when she discovers that he hasn't been eating properly. Kyoko decides to dress up in her Bo (chicken) costume to see if Ren will once again confide in the chicken. And he does. Kyoko encourages him to stretch and to remember even the inkling of love. In doing so, Kyoko unknowingly wakes up Ren's interest in her - the girl that initially struck his eye, the girl who can't stop looking at.
Sho is again mostly absent in Volume 11. There are a few pages of classic Sho. At the end of Volume 10, Sho saw a promo poster for Tsukimori and realized that Kyoko had a starring role alongside Ren. Sho is going out of his mind imagining Kyoko romancing Ren - making him a bento box with "love" written on it and hand feeding him. Kyoko is only supposed to serve him! Sho's selfishness is comically evident.
The volume ends just as Ren truly realizes how sunk he is. He's become his role: he shouldn't have Kyoko yet she fascinates him. Excited to see where this goes.